Stay or Go: Church Choices and Spiritual Journeys

Did you stay in a church for the kids? Would you stay for your friendships? In Episode 195 of "Life Repurposed," Michelle Rayburn discusses the topic of staying or leaving a church, particularly as individuals navigate changes in their lives and spiritual journeys. Drawing from personal experiences, biblical examples, and insights from experts, Michelle explores the complexities and considerations involved in discerning this spiritual path. Listeners are encouraged to prioritize their relationship with God, embrace change with faith, and seek guidance when contemplating a new church community. This episode provides valuable reflections and practical guidance for those grappling with the decision to stay or seek a new spiritual home.


Michelle Rayburn is an author and podcast host who helps others find hope in the trashy stuff of life. She has an MA in ministry leadership and writes Christian living books, humor, and Bible studies. Together with her husband, they've raised two sons and gained two daughters-in-law—plus three granddaughters (go estrogen team!) and a grandson. Dark chocolate, an iced coffee, and a good book in the hammock top Michelle's favorites list.

Show Notes

In the latest episode of Life Repurposed, host Michelle Rayburn dives into the topic of staying or leaving a church. With honesty and deep reflection, she shares her own experiences and insights, offering valuable guidance for listeners facing similar soul-searching moments.

Navigating the decision to stay or leave a church is a deeply personal and often complex journey. Michelle emphasizes the importance of remaining connected to Jesus and seeking guidance when wrestling with this decision. She encourages listeners to connect with others in their church community, emphasizing the significance of finding a sense of belonging and support in a new church environment.

Throughout the episode, Michelle reflects on the evolving expectations surrounding church communities and the need for serving broken individuals. She candidly discusses the challenges of embracing change with faith and an open heart, acknowledging that no church is without imperfections.

The episode touches on the dynamic nature of spiritual transformation and the essential role of churches in meeting people's spiritual needs. Michelle shares personal stories of navigating transitions within faith communities and the struggle of balancing personal convictions with family considerations when choosing a church. She acknowledges the restlessness and dissatisfaction that individuals in midlife may experience and encourages listeners to engage in self-reflection to discern their spiritual path and direction.

The episode inspires individuals to prayerfully consider their choices, trust in God's guidance, and embrace change as a catalyst for growth and renewal in their faith journey.

Tune in to this thought-provoking episode of Life Repurposed for a poignant discussion on the transformative journey of choosing to stay or leave a church. It's a compelling reminder that transitions, though daunting, can lead to new perspectives, meaningful connections, and opportunities for spiritual fulfillment.


Raised to Stay: Persevering in Ministry When You Have a Million Reasons to Walk Away by Natalie Runion  

CT Article – The Church Is Losing Its Gray Heads: Why are boomers and Gen X dropping out of church at higher rates than younger Christians?

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